UFC 216 Main Card Preview and Predictions

The winner of this fight (Ferguson vs Lee) will very possibly be next in line to fight Conor McGregor (Providing Diaz doesn’t cause chaos).

There hasn’t been a big fight feel in the UFC since Cormier vs Jones II back in July, but Ferguson vs Lee in just a few hours time has that feel. With the winner of the main event most likely getting a shot at Conor McGregor, we could be seeing the birth of a future PPV star. That fight is the main event of a stacked card which will be kicked off with lightweight action from Beneil Dariush and Evan Dunham.

Beneil Dariush vs Evan Dunham

Dariush is coming off of a viscous KO loss to Edson Barbosa back in March, meanwhile Dunham is coming in off a 4 fight win streak, but hasn’t fought in just over a year. Dunham isn’t a flashy fighter by any means, but he’s as tough as they come, despite Dariush’s slick submission game I can see Dunham pushing the pace with solid punching and then shooting for take downs against the fence, if he wins this fight it’s a tough grinding victory. Dariush always seems that step away from being a real contender in the division, a win here gets him back on track, he’s got more tools to win this one, amazing BJJ and solid striking. Dariush is a slight favourite, and I have him winning this in a very competitive, close fight.

Result: Dariush by decision


Mara Romero Borella vs Kalindra Faria

This fight will take place in the women’s newly created 125 flyweight division. PVZ vs Jessica Eye was meant to take this place, but when Van Zant pulled out this fight got bumped to the main card, a lot of pure UFC fans won’t know these ladies with them both making their UFC debuts, but it should be a fast paced and fun scrap. Both women are on 3 fight win streaks and it’s yet again a very even match up, a win for either will propel them high in the rankings for when a champion is crowned. Faria is the more experienced fighter, and has bigger names on her resume, she’ll look to control the pace. These women are well rounded and the fight could really go all over the place, but I can see Faria edging Borella in just about every aspect of the fight.

Result: Faria by decision


Fabricio Werdum vs Derrick Lewis

This is a massive heavyweight fight here. If Werdum wins, he’s very close to a rematch for the title he lost. If Lewis wins he could get his first crack at gold. With both men coming off a loss it shows how weak the division is. I absolutely love Derrick Lewis, as a personality I can’t think of a better heavyweight, but if I’m being honest he has a punchers chance. He’s got ridiculous power that can knock any man out on any day, but his technique is a way off Werdum’s, and if it goes to the ground Werdum will massacre ‘The Black Beast’. I really love Lewis, so this could be a hard watch. Really hope I’m wrong on this one though.

Result: Werdum by TKO


Demetrious Johnson vs Ray Borg (Flyweight Championship)

Johnson is the greatest mixed martial artist of all time in my opinion, with 2 losses against people he was much smaller than. He’s unbeaten and flyweight, and with a win against Borg he would have the most consecutive title defenses in UFC history with 11. He has essentially wiped out the division, Borg isn’t a special fighter, Johnson has destroyed much tougher opponents. Mighty Mouse will follow his game plan as always and systematically pick apart his opponent, as always, it’ll be a joy to watch. It’s a real shame he goes underappreciated, his PPV numbers are always low and he isn’t a true main eventer because he doesn’t have the gift of the gab, he doesn’t hype like McGregor, but he fights like nobody else.

Result: Johnson by submission


Tony Ferguson vs Kevin Lee (Interim Lightweight Championship)

And then there’s the big one. The winner of this fight will very possibly be next in line to fight Conor McGregor (Providing Diaz doesn’t cause chaos). This will be the fight of the night, both men are ridiculously skilled and extremely well rounded, both have a viable shot at Mac and are sure to put on a hell of a show in only a few hours time. Ferguson has strikes from every angle possible with every body part he can use, people might give him the edge on the feet for this, but I think Lee’s boxing is very sharp, it won’t cause huge problems for Ferguson, but he does on occasion leave himself open. I think the winner of this fight really goes to who can control the ground game. Lee is an outstanding wrestler and if he takes your back it’s all done. Ferguson, again, has strikes from every angle and will throw up for a submission whether he’s in control or not. Expect a lot of scrambles in 50/50s, expect a lot of wild strikes from Ferguson, and both men taking risks to advance position for a submission attempt. Lee looked like he struggled to make the weight yesterday, which could play a huge factor, and I think Ferguson takes the later rounds to win a very very close fight.

Result: Ferguson wins by decision.

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